Edna Hunsperger Bowman (1912-2002)

Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss. 1.154

Title: Edna Hunsperger  Bowman fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1869-1990s

Biographical sketch: Edna Hunsperger (Sept. 26, 1912-July 17, 2002) was the youngest child of Dilman Hunsperger (April 20, 1870-Feb. 11, 1949) and Lydia Ann Nahrgang (Apr. 8, 1870-26 Jan 1958). Edna trained as a nurse at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital School of Nursing. After serving as a private duty nurse for several years, she served with Mennonite Central Committee in England (1942-1946) in various evacuation homes. After the war she attended Goshen College and received her B.A. in 1949. She then worked for the Victoria Order of Nurses for eight years. In December 1957 she married Henry Bowman.

Custodial history: Donated by Carol Martin in 2005

Note: Original description created by Sam Steiner; additional content added by Laureen Harder-Gissing.

File list:

  1. Research Cards on Mennonite Deaconess Movement
  2. Merranda Hunsperger Letter July 1921
  3. Goshen College Memorabilia
  4. Moses Hunsperger military exemption certificate, 1869
  5. Viola Brubacher News Clippings
  6. Notes of Sermon preached at John Nahrgang's Funeral
  7. Biographies by Edna Bowman of Mary Hunsperger Gingrich (sister), and Henry B. Bowman (husband), 1980s-1990s
  8. Biographies of Catharine Schlichter Hunsperger and Magdalena Snyder Simpson Shantz by Edna Bowman
  9. Memorabilia -- Paper weaving done by Henry Bowman, age 5; invitation to designation of bandstand in Elmira (built by Abraham M. Bowman), 1988; Typed family record of Moses Hunsperger family
  10. Road map of Great Britain, [194-?]
  11. Diary of Edna Bowman, May 1942-Aug 1942, 1946
  12. Autobiographical writings by Edna Bowman
  13. Correspondence, 1943-1945
  14. Genealogical notes, Abraham and Esther (Tyson) Hunsberger family
  15. Biographical profiles of Edna Bowman
  16. Photographs
    1. Loose photographs, Wickhurst Manor Residential Nursery, portrait of Edna Bowman as a nurse
    2. Album, Mennonite Central Committee assignment in London, England, wedding of Peter Dyck and Elfrieda Klassen, Hutterite colony at Bridgenorth
    3. Album, wedding of Peter Dyck and Elfrieda Klassen, assignments in Kent, Cornwall and the Midlands, vacations in the Lake District, Scotland, North Wales and Stratford
    4. Album, London, the Lake District, and various other sightseeing and vacation spots

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